US News & World Report recently rated Florida Hospital’s Cardiac Program the best in the state and the 23rd best in the entire country. In part, that’s because of the skill and expertise of the thoracic surgeons at our Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute.
A thoracic surgeon is a physician who operates on the heart, lungs, esophagus and other organs in the chest. After these experts graduate from medical school, most complete a five-year surgical residency, and then matriculate through an approved cardiothoracic surgery residency program for an additional two or three years. Some of these surgeons have more training in a sub-specialty, especially those focusing on the field of congenital heart surgery.
Board-certified thoracic surgeons are those who have completed residency training, hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States and maintain their ethical standing within the profession. After that, candidates for certification from the American Board of Thoracic Surgery must pass a written exam designed to test a broad range of knowledge in all areas of thoracic surgery, followed by an oral exam that tests their knowledge, judgment and the integration of these skills in clinical practice. Once a thoracic surgeon achieves certification, he or she has to demonstrate lifelong learning in order to maintain the certification.
These highly skilled specialists offer our patients treatment and surgery options that few other hospitals in the region can.
In addition, our patient-care areas are specifically designed to meet the needs of heart surgery patients. Not only do they have the latest in medical technology, but they’re also staffed by highly skilled intensive care teams.
Our surgeons perform several types of open-heart surgeries and complex surgical cases, including:
- Heart transplantation
- Lung transplantation
- Thoracic surgery, including lung cancer and video-assisted procedures.
The Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute also offers end-stage heart failure patients access to ventricular-assist devices. These devices can help perform some or all of the function of the failing heart, and can be used before or after surgery until the heart recovers, as a long-term solution (for patients who are ineligible for heart transplants) or while waiting for a heart transplant.